Fes­tive fare of lusty ur­ban tales


Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODSHOW - ROBYN COHEN

BOOK for a show? You must be jok­ing. Capeto­ni­ans tend to op­er­ate on a strictly last-minute ba­sis. We pre­fer to see if it is beach weather be­fore de­cid­ing to head for the the­atre. How­ever, as ev­i­denced re­cently by sev­eral sold-out runs in the Mother City, it may be pru­dent to re­serve seats for the fes­tive sea­son.

Peo­ple were just about tack­ling one an­other – rugby-style – at the Cape Town Fringe (Septem­ber/Oc­to­ber), to get seats for We Didn’t Come To Hell For The Crois­sants, per­formed by Gemma Kahn and di­rected by Lindiwe Mat­shik­iza.

For those who weren’t lucky and for those who want to see it again (it’s that kind of show) – it is at Kalk Bay The­atre from De­cem­ber 8-12.

Kahn uses the Ja­panese Bud­dhist sto­ry­telling method of Kamishibai to il­lus­trate tales writ­ten by Tertius Kapp, Rosa Lys­ter, Le­bo­gang Mo­gashoa, Justin Oswald, Ni­cholas Spag­no­letti and Louis Viljoen. Kamishibai orig­i­nated in Ja­panese Bud­dhist tem­ples in the 12th cen­tury, when monks used draw­ings dis­played in a frame for vis­ual ef­fect.

Kahn slides pic­tures in and out of the frame as she un­furls de­li­cious sto­ries based on the Seven Deadly Sins.

Th­ese are ur­ban tales with lusty im­ages and char­ac­ters, and are not suit­able for chil­dren. Kahn is ac­com­pa­nied by Roberto Pombo who slith­ers around, toss­ing in de­li­cious asides.

Af­ter Crois­sants, the Kalk Bay The­atre presents Bon Soir, from De­cem­ber 15 to Jan­uary 24. This pro­duc­tion was sold out at the Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val, says the the­atre’s Vanessa Har­ris.

“It’s our big fes­tive sea­son show. It’s in the style of Cirque de Soleil, Lido – com­edy to dance to cir­cus – with aerial acts and strength acts. It’s funny and sexy enough to be ex­cit­ing but not so you can’t take your fam­i­lies.”

The show fea­tures broth­ers Ash and Brad Searle, Na­dine Theron, Ruby Bur­ton, and Lucy and Alex Tops. From De­cem­ber 1-5, be­tween Crois­sants and Bon Soir, James Grace – our Ge­orge Clooney look-alike if he loses the beard – pays trib­ute to gui­tar work of artists and groups such as The Shad­ows, The Bea­tles and Eric Clap­ton.

A show likely to pull ca­pac­ity houses is Stu­art Tay­lor’s 2015 in Re­view, at the Bax­ter, from De­cem­ber 1-5. Tay­lor will be joined on stage by Mel Jones and Os­car Petersen. Di­rec­tion is by Brent Palmer. Comics Martin Evans and Yaaseen Barnes have con­trib­uted ma­te­rial.

“We all have our bits to do, ensem­ble bits and sketches,” says Jones. Petersen adds: “We’ll be play­ing a sup­port role for most of it – like a cho­rus.” A Greek Cho- rus? “There you go. That’s the plan; you never know what will hap­pen”. Petersen, who is part of the hit com­edy fran­chise Joe Bar­ber, is no stranger to com­edy duo work but for Jones, it is new ter­ri­tory.

“When you are work­ing with some­one else on stage, it brings a new dy­namic – you have to lis­ten to them and can’t just be in your own bub­ble,” she says. The trio look at 2015 – the news, the pol­i­tics; the per­sonal. “It may have been a tough year, but we are try­ing to find the lighter side,” says Jones.

There will be a mu­si­cal in­ter­lude. Stu­art Tay­lor singing? That should be fun.

● Tick­ets for We Didn’t Come To Hell For The Crois­sants and James Grace are R125; 2-for-price-of-1 on Tues­days. Tick­ets for Bon Soir are R155 and 2-for-1 on Tues­days. Book at www.kalk­baythe­atre.co.za or call 0217887257. Stu­art Tay­lor’s 2015 in Re­view is on at the Bax­ter and tick­ets cost R100-R200. Book at Com­puticket 0861 915 8000 or www.com­puticket.co.za

co­henry@ne­tac­tive.co.za Twit­ter: @TheCapeRobyn

Bon Soir

CIR­CUS ACT: Na­dine Theron in Kalk Bay The­atre from De­cem­ber 15.


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